CEBU, Philippines; June 28, 2010 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today announced that the Accenture Foundations have awarded US$1.26 million (more than PHP 58 million) to Passerelles Numériques (PN) for the organization’s Cebu System and Network Administration training initiatives. The grant, which will be distributed over a four-year period, will be used to help disadvantaged young people acquire information technology (IT) skills.
The award is part of Accenture’s corporate citizenship focus -- Skills to Succeed -- which educates people around the world, building skills that enable them to participate in and contribute to the economy. In addition to the grant, Accenture will continue supporting PN with pro-bono and volunteer services, which include helping the young people learn English and offering resume writing and interview skills workshops. Last year, Accenture also donated 20 desktop computers to PN.
“Accenture has raised the bar of its corporate citizenship agenda with ‘Skills to Succeed,’” said Lito Tayag, country managing director of Accenture Delivery Centers in the Philippines. “Our partnership with PN allows Accenture to contribute to skills enhancement of underprivileged youth in Cebu and in other provinces. This helps beneficiaries participate in and contribute to the Philippine economy, and to the future of the local IT industry.”
The staff of Accenture France originally helped establish PN. With more than $1 million funding from Accenture Foundations, PN created the Center for Information Systems Training (CIST) in Cambodia, which helps underprivileged students in that country build the skills they need to obtain IT jobs.
“Building on the success of Passerelles Numériques in Cambodia, we have a pilot course for students in Cebu,” shared Benoit Genuini, president of PN. “We are grateful for the continued assistance and support of Accenture for PN, enabling us to realize our vision of providing life skills, vocational skills and real career opportunities in the field of IT to disadvantaged youth.”
The PN student beneficiaries undergo a three-year program. In addition to the standard curriculum at University of San Carlos (USC), Cebu, they will participate in on-the-job training in a partner company, such as Accenture, where they will spend several days each week.
“Corporate Citizenship is fundamental to Accenture’s character and the way we run our business,” said Karina Gan, Accenture APAC (Asia Pacific) Marketing Director. “From Skills to Succeed, to our environmental stewardship initiatives, we work to make a sustainable difference in the long-term vibrancy and vitality of people and communities around the world.”
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 190,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Accenture is committed to being a good corporate citizen – dedicated to minimizing its environmental impact and helping individuals around the world build skills that enable them to participate in and contribute to the economy. The company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009. Its home page is www.accenture.com
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